Storytelling for children

 Storytelling is for kids …

Andrew McKenna has performed internationally in the UK and Ireland, is a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Board Grant for fiction, and is twice-winner of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award, Port Fairy Folk Festival.

I have had nothing but fantastic feedback from all of your visits. Thank you very much for your contribution to the holiday program.
Rebekah Turner, director Children’s Services, Ballarat YMCA

He is a performance storyteller who performs for adults and children, and has worked at festivals, schools, halls, holiday programs and libraries throughout the eastern states, and he has toured England and Ireland.

Through words, music, mime, gesture and masks he performs Grimm’s fairytales, Native American stories and creation and folktales from around the world. His performances are dynamic, flexible and great fun for children and adults.

As well as stories he has a range of exercises set to humorous verse by, among others, CJ Dennis and Ogden Nash, to get children up and moving.

They are stories that tell us where we have come from and who we are, and who we could be.

His stories are humorous, whimsical, beautiful and fun! 

All children’s sessions include exercises and opportunities for participation

  • Pre-schools and Primary Schools:
  • Voices of the earth
  • Folk, creation and animal tales
  • Tales of courage
  • Voices from the past

Stories from the far corners of the earth about how animals got here and how the world came into being. Ancient and modern tales of ogres, impossible journeys, princes and princesses, shape changers and coyotes, creating laughter, havoc and fun. Stories about everyday people spreading their wings, to show us the wonder of our world, to uplift, inspire and give us courage.

Children’s workshops

Imagination, orality and creativity are essential to our wellbeing, and stories help develop children’s  capacity to enter the world of ideas.

Join one of Andrew’s workshops.

 I loved your fox mask, it was transformational. What a wonderful story. Such a beautiful way to highlight the many aspects of man as reflected in the purest sense in the animals. I especially loved the match of wit between fox and man at the end of the story and really was convinced the fox had him! Looking forward to having a chat at the next Ladders

Or try a mask making workshop!

Bookings:

Tel: 03 5470 5766
Mob: 0423 934 192
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 Thanks again for your participation in the Poppykettle Festival – it was great to have you on board and we had terrific feedback on your workshops.
– Una McAlinden, Geelong Poppykettle Festival

 We enjoyed such a treat at school today with international storyteller and performer, Andrew McKenna. His workshops and sessions were hugely enjoyable.

– Talbot House Preparatory School, Bournemouth, UK

Andrew McKenna was a founding member of the innovative theatre company Whistling in the Theatre.

He is a recipient of an Australia Council Literature Board Grant for fiction, winner of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award, Port Fairy Folk Festival, 2006 and 2012, and has performed internationally in the UK and Ireland.

Your storytelling was wonderful and so engaging.
– Winston Wuttenee, Cree Storyteller

The performance was dynamic, well paced … and was utterly engaging … the physical dimension brought to the telling was superb.
–       Heywood Consolidated School

In the small arenas you have the right balance of intimacy and projection. It felt as though people were in their own living room and you had just dropped in for a yarn. You choose your stories with conviction and present them as if they are your own.
– Ex Libris Book Fair, Port Fairy

 the adults enjoyed it as much as the children, who were delighted throughout the show. The participation was innovative and fun, as were the stories themselves.
– Nunawading Library

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